About Mothercraft Ottawa

Mothercraft Overview

Mission (Why we exist): Helping families in Ottawa grow and thrive.

Values (How we exist):

Nurturing – Supporting each other with compassion

Inclusivity – Welcoming and encouraging diversity

Collaborative Relationships – Built on respect and communication

Creativity – Exploring possibilities

Integrity – Acting with honesty and reliability

Programs and services (What we do to realize our mission):

Mothercraft Ottawa, a leader in early learning and care since 1944, is a charitable non-profit organization that enriches the well-being of families with infants and young children through responsive, high quality programs and services.

Mothercraft Ottawa delivers child care for children aged 6 weeks to 12 years through licensed child care centres and home child care, before-and-after-school programs and part-time/casual care.

We support the evolving needs of families in Ottawa through our diverse child and family services, including comprehensive prenatal and parenting classes and workshops, perinatal support, programming for children with special needs, as well as an array of programs and services offered through our EarlyON Child and Family Centres.

Our History

Mothercraft Ottawa Board of Directors 2023-2024

Mothercraft Ottawa is governed by a voluntary Board of Directors who bring a broad cross section of expertise and experience to the agency.


BOARD CHAIR: Sandra Watson
VICE CHAIR: Julia Thompson
SECRETARY:  Craig Shankar


Sarah Sanftenberg
Jocelyn Klassen-Chisamore
Paola Gonzalez
Sarah Farrish
Holly Ockenden
Norah Lynn Paddock
Eileen Melnick

Ex-Officio Members

PAST PRESIDENT: Julia Thompson